When John Hodge retired as principal of the Harrison Area Vo-Tech School in the middle of last school year, his interim replacement came from neighboring Pendleton County.
John White was at Pendleton County High School for 30 years, seven of those were as principal.
White was enjoying his retirement when a former student, who is now a teacher at McCormick Area Tech Center, asked him be a substitute for his class.
White agreed to take on the class, and from there he was back in the education circuit.
"I enjoy being around the students," White said. "I always have; that's why I chose this as my career."
White said he had known Hodge for several years. In fact, Pendleton County is one of four high schools that send students to the vocational school on the Hilltop.
When Hodge retired Nov. 30, White stepped in as interim principal on Dec. 1. From there the decision for White was an easy one.
"I have been really blessed," White said of his appointment as permanent principal.
White said that serving as interim principal gave him an opportunity to get to know the staff.
The area tech center has 10 teachers, a receptionist/bookkeeper/secretary, a custodian and a part-time counselor.
White said one of the challenges he sees on the horizon is stretching the school's dollars.
"It's a bleak outlook for this biennium," he predicted. "I expect less money over the next two years and offering the same level of services."
White said he will be relying on the seasoned staff whom he says has weathered storms such as this before.
He also said he has already had a positive experience with the local community and its financial support of school programs.
"There are such good people in Harrison County," he said.
The vocational center serves Harrison, Pendleton, Nicholas and Bourbon counties.